BMW I8 SPYDER

GQ (Australia) - - MOTOR -

EX­PECTED DELIVERY: RUMOURED 2017 PRICE: EST. $300,000 SPECS: 1.5-LITRE, THREE-CYLIN­DER PETROL EN­GINE PLUS ELEC­TRIC MO­TOR The su­per hy­brid with a hard roof made its de­but in 2014, and the Spyder vari­ant, as we’re as­sured it will be called, was ex­pected to fol­low soon af­ter. Since then we’ve been teased with con­cept ver­sions at mo­tor shows and geek fests like the Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show in Ve­gas, where the lat­est i Fu­ture In­ter­ac­tion con­cept was dis­played. Fi­nally, though, 2017 should be the year the Spyder hits our roads, with a slightly shorter wheel­base, more power and a few vis­ual tweaks to freshen up the whole i8 brand. You can ex­pect a zero to 100km/h dash in the low four-sec­ond range, a fuel-econ­omy fig­ure that would em­bar­rass a Toy­ota Prius and the kind of vis­ual im­pact you could oth­er­wise only achieve by wear­ing a ze­bra on your head.

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